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Curro Castle Hazeldean
Curro Castle Hazeldean is an independent school in Hazeldean, Pretoria that provides high-quality early childhood development in English and Afrikaans for children from 2 years to 5 years with a focus on the ELDAs. Our small class sizes based on age allow our dedicated teachers to engage each child in our internally developed play-based curriculum and to build strong, caring relationships with each child.
Our school is on the same campus as Curro Hazeldean which allows children to easily progress from nursery school to primary school in a familiar environment. Our building is separate from the primary and high school buildings to improve access control and ensure the children’s safety on the playground.
What do we offer?
At Curro Castle Hazeldean, we created a safe, nurturing centre of learning. Our carefully designed classrooms and playgrounds encourage children to explore a wide variety of experiences through play and developmental activities, aimed at developing a curious mind and creative thinking.
Children can be dropped off early in the morning (from 07:15) and may remain in class – or at aftercare – until parents pick them up. Although the Castle closes during school holidays, we offer a special holiday programme for all children enrolled at aftercare.
We also accommodate Grade R learners in our Castle. However, as their daily activities and programmes are built in to the foundation phase of primary school, please refer to our primary school webpage for information on our Grade R offering.
We focus on the ELDAs
Early Learning and Development Areas
Our internally developed nursery school programme is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind. The programme is designed to stimulate physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being through developmental activities and engaging play areas.
Our classes are divided by age group, and each teacher has one or more assistants, depending on the number of children in the class. Our programme incorporates the latest research in physical and cognitive development, such as encouraging loose-parts play that boost creativity and curiosity, above playing with single-purpose toys. The programme even includes activities built around Lego Soft Bricks that form the important early foundations for later Robotics studies.
Which activities do we offer?
We believe that participation in extramural activities plays an important role in promoting friendship and self-confidence in addition to physical and social well-being. Many of our activities are designed to help learners learn valuable skills that require more time for development than can be provided during the daily programme. Our daily programme includes swimming for learners in Group 5 (5 years old).
How do we ensure safety in our school?
Our strict security measures ensure the safety of our children. Access to the campus is restricted (all vehicles must have our specific discs visible), while CCTV cameras monitor the playgrounds as well as some classrooms. Visitors need to sign in to gain access and the number of visitors per class is limited. Children are collected from the classroom and are signed in and out daily to ensure that they remain safe and accounted for.
What else is nearby?
Curro Castle Hazeldean is nestled among beautiful suburbs of Equestria, Faerie Glen and Lynnwood Ridge. Surrounding residential estates include Silverwoods Country Estate, Willow Acres Estate, Silver Lakes Golf Estate, and the Newmarks Estate. Other nearby attractions include Silver Woods Office Park, Silver Lakes Golf Club and SuperSpar Silver Oaks.